Developmental Delays and Birth Injuries in Texas
As children grow up, we see them develop in stages. Some children develop at a faster pace than others. Generally, most children hit developmental milestones at roughly the same rate. They learn to walk and talk by a certain age, for example. A birth injury can result in a child experiencing significant developmental delays.
There are different categories of developmental milestones that can be observed in children, including social and emotional, language and communication, cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving) and movement/physical development. A birth injury can impact a child's development in several of these categories.
Many birth injuries suffered by children are caused by medical negligence. A doctor or other medical professional failed to follow a standard of care or failed to take action that could have prevented or reduced injury. A birth injury may have been caused by:
- Lack of oxygen to the fetus (during pregnancy, labor or delivery)
- Maternal infections
- Fetal infections
- Premature birth
- Head injuries to the baby during birth
Cases involving birth injuries are complicated in Texas - and throughout the United States. One reason is that developmental delays in a child may not be noticed for months - even years. A parent may suspect that something is wrong when a child seems to be falling very behind in certain areas.
If your child is experiencing developmental delays, early intervention is key. Each child's situation is different but your child could require medical treatment, medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy or language and speech therapy. Some children my need assistive devices. The costs of treatment can be overwhelming.
Holding negligent parties accountable
Another factor that makes these cases complicated is that doctors, medical professionals and hospitals won't admit that they did anything wrong. Insurance companies will back them up, because they don't want to pay you anything. They'll suggest your child's developmental delays are completely unrelated to the pregnancy or birth.
They also have high-powered lawyers who will fight you every step of the way. That's why you need a Texas birth injury attorney who has the knowledge and experience to fight for your child's rights -- one who knows how to take on the insurance companies and build a strong case that gets results.
If medical negligence led to your child's developmental delays, you should not have to pay. It is important to speak to an experienced Texas birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Many parents in Texas never imagined they'd need a birth injury lawyer and aren't sure who to call. That's why Help For Your Baby has created a free consultation service to help connect you with a birth injury lawyer in your state.
During your consultation, a lawyer can review the details of your case and go over your legal options. The lawyer will also answer any questions you have and give you an idea about what to expect. These cases can take some time to resolve but a successful resolution can make sure your child has all the resources needed to develop to his or her full potential.
You know when something is wrong with your child. Learn more about how a Texas birth injury attorney can help. There's no cost and no obligation. We simply want you to have the information you need and to help you understand your legal options.